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absolutely would have it that her ill. Then she sat by her grandfather's ness had a mysterious origin.
side. The marquis, frightened at her The confessor was called, although mortal pallor, contemplated her with the governess hoped nothing from his anguish. . intervention. An emotion of profound "I saw her father perish in the flower piety was painted on the features of of his age," he thought; “her mother the man of God when he came out of a few months after died in giving her the invalid's chamber, but Eve, calm life; she was an orphan from her craand with pious recollection, was pray- dle. All my affections are concening with her eyes raised to heaven. trated in her; she has never given me The young girl made no confidence to occasion for the least pain. Alas! I Vme. du Castellet, only several hours suffer to-day for all the happiness she later
has given me." * Cousin," she said, “Mlle. Louise “Do not distress yourself, my father," de Mirefont and Gaston are slow in said Eve, who surprised a tear in the coming to see me.”
old man's dry eyes; “I have asked of It was not the first time that Eve God to let me remain to console the had expressed the same desire; the rest of your days; my prayer has governess ordered the carriage in or- been heard, it will be granted. Oh, der to go for Mlle. de Mirefont. for pity, do not cry more.”
"Louise, generous Louise," mur- The marquis took her hand and mured Eve, “I would that my soul pressed it against his heart. could be blended with yours !”
“My father," said Eve after sevHer heart beat violently as she eral moments of silence, “our cousin thought of Gaston's happiness; Eve has gone for Gaston and his fiancée ; did not account to herself for her poig- my father, I have a request to make of nant emotion, but she prayed that God you." would permit her to live for her noble "Tell it, tell it,” said the old man grandfather.
: ardently. "My loss would be too cruel for Eve bent, and said in a trembling him," she murmured, weeping.
voice : Then she interrogated herself with “They are both of them generous a simple severity:
and devoted; both of them have suf* Would I then be culpable for not fered much: make them rich, I implore speaking of that of which I am myself you, lest your wealth should pass into ignorant?"
avaricious hands." Her conscience responded by a firm “Oh! my God! you expect, then, resolution not to carry trouble to the to die! Eve, my darling daughter, is hearts of all those who cherished her. this your secret?”
"My duty, I feel, is to rejoice at the “No! I do not wish to die! no! I happiness of Gaston and of Louise. wish to live for you!" Do I deceive myself? My God! en- . “But I am old, very old !" the marlighten me, guide me!"
quis replied, with hesitation, “and Eve was kneeling; the Marquis de after me,” La Tour-d’Adam, assisted by his valet, “ After you whom shall I love ?" entered, and in a reproachful tone- said Eve in a melodious voice. " Fath
“Why do you fatigue yourself er, I implore you, make Gaston and thus?" said he; “Eve, I implore Louise's future sure, and you will have thee, be careful of thy strength, if on- crowned all my wishes." ly out of pity for me.”
Eve had scarcely finished when Eve arose with difficulty.
Mme. du Castellet entered; Louise "Forgive me," she said with a sweet and Gaston followed her. The two Emile, “ I will not kneel again until I lovers succeeded in wiping away their am cured."
tears, but their emotion was redoub
led when they saw themselves be- fixed on hers; the old lady's trouble tween the young girl and her grand- increased. Eve put her finger on her father.
lips, and drawing her to one side: “ Come to me," said Eve, “ come, Why are you still distressed, my Louise! Do you not know that I good cousin," she said to her; “ do loved you before I knew you? See, all you not see how happy I am in their that surrounds me is your work. happiness ?” What would I not give to have made, Gaston's aunt retired heart-broken, like you, one of these bouquets of jas- doubtful of her suppositions, not darmine!"
ing to hope for the young girl's re“Mademoiselle," murmured Louise, covery. “I have known you and have loved Eve was seated between the two you only for a few days; but my lovers : gratitude and my affection for you are “I demand a part in your joy, my boundless."
friends, and I wish that my memory “ Place them on Gaston: he is dear may always live with you." to me as a brother; and you, Louise, Then she recounted with simplicicall me henceforth your sister.” ty the history of her four last years.
She held her one hand, with the The praises which she gave to other she drew Gaston forward ; then, Louise's filial piety penetrated the addressing the marquis :
hearts of the two betrothed, who “Father,” she said, “ see them wished to prostrate themselves before before you; bless them, I pray you.” her, her words had so much purity,
The old gentleman, weeping, ex- sweetness, and unction. Louise retended his hands, then with a voice proached herself, as if it were a sacrichoked with sobs :
lege, for the thought of pride which Eve, my beloved child ! Eve, she had felt at the ball. Gaston was thou wishest then to die?".
under an indefinable impression of The young girl blushed slightly, a tenderness and of gratitude. Eve ray of sunlight which played through addressed him with noble and tender the curtains crowned her with a lumin encouragement. Eve, with a pious arnous halo; she had risen, her ethereal dor, made wishes for the felicity of figure mingled with the white flowers their union ; finally, when they were which adorned her room.
retiring she divided between them a Gaston said in a low voice to branch of jasmine. Louise:
“ Preserve this,” she said, “ in “ You see plainly, my friend, that memory of me." she is not of the earth.”
The sacrifice was accomplished. They bent reverently; but Eve When they had gone, Eve sighed, extended her arms: Louise found prayed, and felt herself weaker. She herself pressed against her heart. had expended in this interview the
The marquis, seeing Eve so ra- little strength which remained to her. diant, renewed his hope:
A despairing cry soon resounded “She is saved !" he said to through the house where the young Madame du Castellet. “The pres- girl's inexhaustible goodness had won ence of these young lovers has done all hearts. her good. Have them come often, “Mademoiselle is dying! MadI pray you. But I should leave emoiselle is going to die ! them together. Adieu, my children, The Marquis de La Tour-d'Adam, adieu!"
fulfilling his promise, went to add a He was carried back to the great disposition to his will, in case the hall. However, the governess trem- heiress should not attain her majority. bled; she saw at last the fatal truth. The pen fell from his hand, the chill The heiress's great blue eyes were of death ran through his veins :
“ Eve! Eve! who will take me to the two beds of death. Finally, the ber?"
same hearse conducted to the same But Eve entered the room, for she, tomb Adam, Marquis de La Touron her side, had prayed the governess d'Adam, last of the naine, and his to have her conducted there.
grandchild Eve, the last branch of an The old man saw on her features illustrious stock. the certain mark of death, and death. A sword which had never been struck him. He murmured for the drawn except in a just and holy cause last time the name of Eve, then fell decorated the aged man's coffin, but back, cold, in his arm-chair.
that of the child cut down at the However, Eve lived an entire day threshold of life was covered with the after her grandfather.
white flowers which she had so piously Her agony was slow and gentle. loved. She asked for jasmine, her couch was To-day the mansion of the Tourcovered with white flowers, bathed in d’Adams is inhabited by M. and her tears whose filial love had made Mme. de Mirefont, Mme. du Castellet, them.
her nephew Gaston, and her niece, “ May Louise be your daughter,” Louise. said Eve to Madame du Castellet. A room hung with crowns and * Louise will replace me with you.” wreaths of artificial jasmine serves Then, addressing Louise.
as the family oratory. “My sister, make your husband No one ever penetrates there exhappy. Love the poor and pray with cept with recollection. them for my parents, my grandfather, The servants call it the saints' and myself. God be praised," she chamber. murmured finally, “ my father's father It is that whence rose toward has preceded me, I go to join him. heaven, as an agreeable perfume to Adieu, Gaston ! my brother, adieu !” God, the soul of a maiden dying in
Her voice failed, her heart ceased all the purity of first innocence ; dead to beat, heaven counted one angel without knowing there existed a formore.
bidden fruit; dead because she loved Madame du Castellet, Gaston, and with that celestial love which belongs Louise passed the night in prayers by only to the angels in paradise.
From The Month.
BURY THE DEAD
« Give me a grave, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."-Genesis xxlll. 4 (Heb.)
ENWRAPT in fair white shroud,
With fragrant flowers strewn,
And wailing loud,
Shut out the light!
Out of my sight!
Corruptiot's touch will pro
The sacred Dead 100 boun:
Delay sot long.
Behold the bigin!
Out of our sight:
That will not buried be
With noiseless trend,
And stalk at night;
Ever in sight.
Sweet confidence betrayed
Vows pledged in vain.
There is no flight,
Out of your sight
Might hide my Dead away!
How could it die?
Out of my sight!
Out of my sight!
Who cannot buried be;
What though it bled ?
The wound was slight
No grave is found for you;
No prayers are said;
For out of sight
Alone at night.
That they may rest with me;
In healing sleep;
Till out of night
Into God's sight!
RELIGION IN NEW YORK.
The city of New York is supposed A pamphlet, entitled “ Startling to contain about one million of inhabi- Facts : a Tract for the Times, by tants. Of these, from 300,000 to Philopsukon: Brinkerhoff, 48 Fulton 400,000 are Catholics, probably 50,- street, 1864,” gives a considerable 000 Jews, and from 550,000 to 650,- amount of information on this point. 000 Protestants, or Nothingarians. The estimates of this gentleman are
We will first speak of the provision based on a supposed population of 950,made for the religious instruction of 000. For the section of the city bethe non-Catholic majority of our popu- low Canal and Grand streets, including lation.
the first seven wards, there are, acThere are 280 churches of all de cording to him, 12 churches and 8 scriptions, excluding the Catholic mission chapels, capable of accommochurches. Of these, there are : dating about 15,000 persons. The
population of this district is 135,000. Episcopalian
56 Twenty Protestant congregations have Methodist
within the last twenty-five years abanBaptist
doned their churches in this district, Dutch Reformed
and removed to new ones up town. Latheran Congregational
One of the old churches (St. George's) Universalist Unitarian
is retained as a mission chapel, and another, a very fine one, the Rutgers
street Presbyterian church, has been The number of communicants in
converted into a Catholic church. These Protestant churches is estimated as removals have reduced the church ac64,800. If the churches were all of commodation from 18,000 to 20,000 ample size and equally distributed sittings, while the population bas through the city, they would suffice meanwhile doubled. tolerably well for the accommodation For the section between Canal and of the people, should they be generally Fourteenth streets, including also disposed to attend public worship. A seven wards, there are 88 churches large proportion of them, however, are for a population of 262.000. Fourteen small, and only 80 churches are situa- churches have been abandoned within ted below First street. The lower and
ten years. Of these 34 abandoned
ten years. Of the more populous portion of the city is churches, 3 have been turned into therefore very destitute of church ac- livery stables, and the remainder into commodation, while the great majority public offices or stores and factories. of the churches, especially the largest The upper section, extending to and finest, are in the upper part of the Sixty-first street, includes eight wards, town, among the residences of the more with a population of 418,000, and has well-to-do classes of the community. 82 churches. The Protestant population as a whole This gentleman has counted only is, therefore, very poorly provided with what he calls “ Evangelical" churches, church accommodation.
in which he estimates the total sittings * These figures are taken from the last Di- throughout the whole city at 126,600, rectory. The ** Walk about New York" gives
but the actual attendance at only 84,Lac aamber at 313.